Confronting Hate: Privately, Publicly, and Politically

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Date: December 13, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Tierney Alumni House | Map
5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lecture

An Emeritus Academy colloquium presentation by Guy Stern, CMLLC

Abstract: In my autobiography I have tried to trace my involvement in civic affairs from an early age and how this ideal has accompanied me through my boyhood in Germany, through my adolescence coming to the United States, and finally how it has become a companion at various stages of my academic career and beyond as Director of the Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center. These various pursuits became evermore urgent in the shadows of rising bigotry, hate, and anti-Semitism. Ultimately these threads became my motivation for extending my public addresses to Europe. I was delighted to accept the invitation of German governments, both federal and state legislatures. I end with a question, whether these attempts were successful.

Guy Stern was born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1922, emigrated to the United States in 1937. From 1940 to 1942 he studied at St. Louis University, followed by three years of army service. As a sergeant in U.S. Military Intelligence, he took part in the Normandy invasion. After World War II, he continued his studies at Hofstra University, then at Columbia University. While teaching at various American universities, he also accepted guest professorships at the Goethe Institute and the universities of Freiburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Potsdam, and Munich. Following his retirement from Wayne State University in 2003, Stern took the position of Director of the International Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center of Greater Detroit. Among his numerous publications are: War, Weimar and Literature: The Story of the “Neue Merkur” 1914-1925 (1971); Literatur im Exil. Gesammelte Aufsätze 1959-1989 (1989); Literature and Culture in Exile (1997); and Fielding, Wieland, Goethe, and the Rise of the Novel (2003). Among his awards are Distinguished Germanist of the Year (AATG 1985), the Grand Order of Merit, the Goethe Medal of the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Legion of Honor. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Hofstra University and in 2005 he was honored in a second Festschrift from Synchron Verlag: Autobiographische Zeugnisse der Verfolgung: Hommage für Guy Stern

Place: First floor conference room of the Tierney Alumni House, 5510 Woodward (just north of the Park Shelton parking structure on the NE corner of Woodward and Ferry St.). Visitor parking available behind the building. Please come to the rear door of the house and ring the bell for entrance. There is also handicap parking and a ramp for easy access to the front door of the building.



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